Andy Griffith Playhouse hosts Black History Celebration

Staff reports

January 22, 2014

Leon Shuff returns as the master of ceremonies for the annual Black History Celebration at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

Shuff says that he is excited about the show and already has several groups lined up to perform. Gospel groups and others are invited to call the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998 or Leon Shuff at 813-3814 to reserve their place on the program for this community event.

The annual celebration of African-American heritage draws more than a dozen area groups ranging from instrumental to gospel musicians. There is no admission fee for the Black History Celebration.

Last year, members of the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church choir in Pinnacle performed as part of the musical celebration, which included local choirs and gospel groups. More than 100 people attended the event last year, which was also hosted by Leon Shuff.

In addition to the annual Black History Celebration, on Feb. 7 and Feb. 10, approximately 2,400 middle school students will visit the Andy Griffith Playhouse to see ArtsPower’s Civil War musical, “Four Score and Seven Years Ago.” The play introduces audiences to Lemuel, a young man who has escaped slavery in Georgia to find the life of his dreams in Gettysburg; however, his ideas about the North and South and freedom are challenged when he befriends a young Confederate soldier.

Black History Month is celebrated throughout February in the United States and Canada. The first Black History Month celebration took place at Kent State University in Feb. 1970. It was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976, as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration.